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PKR keep flying after Kirivong triple play

PKR keep flying after Kirivong triple play

Preah Khan Reach maintain their six-point cushion atop of the CPL; Naga Corp blow out overmatched Post Tel Club.

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Preah Khan Reach's Soun Thoun (left) vies for possession with Kirivong Sok Sen Chey's Mim Sophal at Olympic Stadium Sunday.

PREAH Khan Reach (PKR) continued their unassailable rise to the top of the Cambodian Premier League on Sunday, easing to a comfortable victory over third-placed Kirivong Sok Sen Chey. The opener came after just 15 minutes when PKR won a corner on the left. Keo Kosal stepped up to cross and stunned the Kirivong defence by curled it directly into the near post top corner.

It seemed the two sides would only be separated by one goal at the break, until PKR hit their opponents with an injury-time sucker punch. Sok Ratha got away down the right to put in a delicious cross, providing Nuth Sinoun with the simplest of finishes.

The second half provided little in the way of entertainment, although the half-time introduction of Kirivong's In Vicheka and his direct running did at least give the PKR defence something to think about. Kirivong were pushing for a goal for most of the half, so PKR's third in the 89th minute was a cruel blow. Olisa Onyemerea ran along the left channel, turned his man and rolled the ball into the path of the arriving Prak Monyodom, who lashed his shot into the top corner via the post.

So PKR still sit pretty at the league summit, six points clear of last year's champions Phnom Penh Crown.

Naga Corp 5 Post Tel Club 1

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Preah Khan Reach's Prak Monyodom (left) challenges Kirivong Sok Sen Chey's Olabode Abosede during their game Sunday. 

A first half jam-packed full of incident between aspiring Naga Corp and uninspiring Post Tel Club somehow resulted in the teams' going in level. As early as the fourth minute, Naga had a Yemi Oyewole goal disallowed, and then, just two minutes later, a long ball from Ouk Chhenghaut caught out the Naga defence and Gafar Surosinmi fired home to give his side a shock lead.

Naga spent the rest of the half relentlessly battering their opponents, a deflected free kick from Kem Chanbunrith spun against the bar and a far post volley from Meas Channa met the same fate. After 33 minutes however, Naga got the goal they deserved when a Meas Channa free kick was spilled horribly by the keeper, with Teab Vathanak at hand to head the ball home.

 Naga's domination continued after the interval, and they deservedly took the lead in the 53rd minute when Sun Sovanrithy headed home from a Meas Channa corner. Then, it was three on 73, as substitute Pich Sina held off his marker in the box before shooting low and hard past Post Tel keeper Thong Chanraksmey on the turn.

The fourth and fifth duly arrived in the 83rd and 87th minutes, respectively. The first, a curling free-kick from Kem Chanbunrith, had the keeper rooted to the spot, and then Teab Vathanak completed the rout when he finished coolly after being found by a delightful, dinked pass from Kem Chanbunrith.

With ther result, Naga leapfrog Kirivong into third place to bolster their presence in the ‘Super Four' of the league heading into the mid-season break.

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